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Keywords:

  • polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane;
  • catalyst synthesis;
  • ethylene polymerization;
  • NMR of polymer;
  • micronized polyethylene

Soluble complexes of group (IV) metallocenes anchored on a substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane trisilanol support were prepared and characterized. These catalyst precursors formulated as [M(O^O^O)X] are found to be active in polymerization of ethylene at high temperature in combination with ethylaluminum sesquichloride (Et3Al2Cl3, EASC) as co-catalyst. The polyethylene obtained by these catalysts is linear, crystalline and displays narrow dispersity. The unique low molecular weight PE formed in this reaction exhibits properties comparable to commercial micronized PE waxes that have potential industrial applications in surface coating and ink formulations. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.